Sampa the Great’s Yes Years Continue

Born in Zambia, Sampa The Great is shaping Australian hip-hop.

In November 2022, Zambian Rapper, Sampa the Great held her first homecoming concert in her birth city in Lusaka, Zambia. The concert, “An Afrofuture Show” was held at the Music Club in Zambia’s capital. Sampa and her band brought their A-game as they performed songs off her second studio album, As Above, So Below.

Sampa was born in Lusaka, Zambia and was primarily raised in neighbouring Botswana. She moved to Australia to study in 2013 and lived there until she moved back to Zambia in 2020. Her music career took off while she lived in Australia. This is evidenced by the early career awards she received like the Australian Music Prize—which she won twice in 2017 and 2019, for her second mixtape and debut studio album. Sampa’s music showcases the cultures she has been influenced by throughout her life. She shares the uniqueness of her upbringing through her art.

In 2022, she toured across 6 continents including some of the world’s most famous festivals, Coachella in the United States, Glastonbury in the UK and the Vivid Festival in Australia. Her second studio album, As Above, So Below, is nominated for the 2022 Australian Music Prize, slated to be held on March 1st, 2023.

What is next for Sampa? While she is on a break from press interviews, her official website has been updated with 2023 tour dates. She will perform in London on July 5th, before moving to Rotterdam and Amsterdam, the Netherlands on July 9th and July 11th.